Debuts out in Paperback


I often wrestle with when to review a book…when it first comes out, and there is a lot of hype about the title, but it is only available in hardback or via e-book, or later after it comes out in paperback, but when it is no longer being actively reviewed by others.

I know some of you read on Kindle, so for you the price (and weight) of a book is always the same. But if you read a paper book there is a difference between buying a hardback and a paperback. And I’m curious, for paper book readers, do you wait for new releases to come out in paper before you buy them? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

And if you are interested in the history of the hardback – paperback release tradition, I found this article in the Economist.

Debuts from 2014 are coming out in paperback this summer. The paperback release is a second coming for a book, and for those of you in NYC, Julia Fierro is having a party at BookCourt for the paperback release of Cutting Teeth tomorrow night, July 7th. Cutting Teeth is a comical book about a group of parents who go on a long weekend together with their kids. The group will never be the same.

Other debuts out now (or soon) in paper:

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng, one of my favorite reads of last year, and made it to the NYT bestseller list.

Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, one of my favorite reads of this year, will be out in paperback in mid-August. This book also just won a medal of recognition from the American Library Association.

The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton. I didn’t review this one, but it was well received last year. It is set in the 17th century and is about a woman who gets a miniature replica of her home as a wedding gift and real-life dramas get played out in miniature form.

We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas. I also did not review this one yet, mainly because of the heft. At over 600 pages, I was daunted when I picked up the hardcover in the bookstores, but now that it is out in paper it feels more accessible. And it has also been well received. It tells the story of an Irish-American family in post-WWII Queens.

To paperbacks in the summer!

Photo credit: By Frank H. Nowell (California Building), via Wikimedia Commons


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8 responses to “Debuts out in Paperback

  1. Hi K8! Gr8 post as always (ok I’ll stop all the 8s)…. I read kindle these days so my vote would be as soon as the book comes out. Also this is probably better for you to get your voice in the mix early on! Really enjoyed Celestin Ng – thank you for pointing me to it. Now I’m reading “the house we grew up in” which delves into hoarding… Ultimately sad of course but interesting, I always do like books which unearth family secrets. I might read Rochelle’s daughter’s book next…

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    • Thanks K8! I am glad you enjoyed the Ng book. I have not heard of the book you are reading now and will look it up. I too enjoy books with family secrets –they tend to be both emotionally engaging and dramatic!


    Hi Kate, Have you seen Of Sea and Clouds by Jon Kellor? A Maine thriller. First novel. Cheers, Margaret

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  3. Pauline Heissler

    HI Kate,

    I often wait until a new book comes out in paperback before I buy it especially in the summer.

    Thank you for your reviews and I really enjoy reading them.

    Hope you are having a great summer. Best wishes to Oscar and we¹d love to have you visit Kingston again..

    Pauline Heissler


    First, Kate, I love your reviews.  I try not to buy books primarily because we don’t have room for them and it’s easier and cheaper with paper backs because I often send them on to someone else and it doesn’t weigh as much to mail!  I also read on Kindle particularly if I’m traveling or going to Cleveland. I intend to read the Celeste Ng book which I saw reviewed in the Times and wanted our book group to read.  We may read it later but I’ve been voted out for The Discreet Hero  for next month .  I am saving your reviews to catch some I definitely want to read the others might not want to.   Thank you, thank you.

    • Thanks so much for your comment. Good point about how a paperback is easier to pass on than a hardback. Glad u are finding books here you want to read.

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